EGMR: Fining a clothing company for its “Jesus” and “Mary” advertising campaign breached its freedom of expression

In today’s Chamber judgment in the case of Sekmadienis Ltd. v. Lithuania (application no. 69317/14) the European Court of Human Rights held, unanimously, that there had been: a violation of Article 10 (right to freedom of expression) of the European Convention on Human Rights. The case concerned the imposition of a fine on Sekmadienis Ltd., a clothing company, for displaying in Vilnius and on its website a series of advertisements deemed by the Lithuanian courts and other bodies to offend against public morals. The advertisements had used models and captions referring to “Jesus” and “Mary”. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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EGMR: Forthcoming judgment on Tuesday 30 January 2018 – Sekmadienis Ltd. v. Lithuania (no. 69317/14)

The applicant company, Sekmadienis Ltd., is a limited liability company established under Lithuanian law with its registered office in Vilnius. The case concerns the company’s complaint about being fined for advertising clothes using references to Jesus and Mary. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen

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EGMR: Refusal to exempt primary school pupil from sex education did not breach Convention

In its decision in the case of A.R. and L.R. v. Switzerland (application no. 22338/15) the European Court of Human Rights has by a majority declared the application inadmissible. The decision is final. The case concerns the refusal by a Basle primary school to grant Ms A.R’s request that her daughter, then aged seven and about to move up to the second year of primary school, be exempted from sex education lessons. The Court found the application manifestly ill-founded. It noted in particular that sex education at a kindergarten and in the first years of primary school was complementary in nature and not systematic; the teachers merely had to “react to the children’s questions and actions”. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen

EGMR: Forthcoming judgment on Thursday 18 January 2018 – A.R. and L.R. v. Switzerland (no. 22338/15)

The applicants, Ms A.R. and her daughter Ms L.R., are Swiss nationals who were born in 1970 and 2003 respectively and live in Basle. The case concerns the refusal by a Basle primary school to grant Ms A.R’s request that her daughter, then aged seven and about to move up to the 2nd year of primary school, be exempted from sex education lessons. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen

EGMR: Defamation verdict violated Swiss NGO’s free-speech rights amid debate on minaret referendum

In today’s Chamber judgment in the case of GRA Stiftung gegen Rassismus und Antisemitismus v. Switzerland (application no. 18597/13) the European Court of Human Rights held, unanimously, that there had been: a violation of Article 10 (freedom of expression) of the European Convention on Human Rights. The case concerned a complaint by a non-governmental organisation that its right to freedom of expression had been infringed because the domestic courts had found that it had defamed a politician by classifying his remarks at a speech during a campaign ahead of a 2009 referendum on banning minarets in Switzerland as “verbal racism”. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen

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EGMR: Forthcoming judgment on Tuesday 9 January 2018 – GRA Stiftung gegen Rassismus und Antisemitismus v. Switzerland (no. 18597/13)

The applicant, GRA Stiftung gegen Rassismus und Antisemitismus (the GRA Foundation against Racism and Anti-Semitism), is a non-governmental organisation which is registered in Switzerland. It promotes tolerance and condemns racially motivated discrimination. The case concerns the organisation’s complaint about a court finding of defamation against it. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen

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EGMR: A. v. Switzerland (no. 60342/16)

The case concerned the deportation of an Iranian asylum-seeker. The applicant, Mr A., was born in 1982 and grew up in Iran. He entered Switzerland in 2009 and immediately claimed asylum. He brought three sets of asylum proceedings, all without success. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen

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